Unique Wedding Guestbooks by Illustries: Tuesday CRUSH
Posted 1 year ago
One of the best things about our job is that we are always coming across new and exciting wedding ideas which we can’t wait to share with YOU!
Now, if you’ve been looking for an imaginative alternative to a traditional wedding album then take a peek at our Tuesday CRUSH spot today as we’re having a huge pash on Sam and Emma, the creative duo behind Illustries!
We stumbled upon the Illustries girls at a super cool vintage wedding fair earlier this year and totally fell for their unique wedding memory books combining images, words and a lot of love.
Check them out below…
Sam and Emma tell us:
“We’re Illustries, and we’ve created a brand new and unique way to capture your wedding day from the very beginning to the proposal and the big day itself.
We bring your story and beautiful wedding photography to life with lots of thoughtful design touches. All this, beautifully presented in a must-have bespoke book that reflects your once-in-a-lifetime day.
Emma, our ‘Head of Words’ got married in 2008 and was looking for something different to record her own wedding – but she couldn’t find what she wanted, which was to combine her photos with words (well, she is a writer at heart!) and nothing seemed to fit the bill.
She knew someone who could help – Sam, our ‘Head of Pictures’, and they decided to create it themselves!
We already had a working relationship – Sam is a very experienced graphic designer (running her own business called Alilia) and Emma is a marketing consultant and seasoned copywriter (running Slate) and we’d worked on other projects together.
We decided to try and fill the gap we could see, and some time later, here we are!
At Illustries, we don’t really think in terms of products – what we offer is a way of capturing every detail of your most special day. We know brides and grooms spend so long planning every aspect and we don’t want you to forget a single thing!
We interview you, by appointment, together with your nearest and dearest, and write your very personal story including every last detail: from vows, readings and speeches to the guest list, messages and menu.
We combine that story with their images and lots of creative design touches, making every single Illustry unique, just as every wedding is unique.
We both get inspired by different things. Emma has a real love of words in lots of different forms, and is a real softie for a love story – she still cries every time she interviews our couples! That makes her want to get every last bit of emotion into their story.
Sam is inspired by great design, of course. Both of us have worked on some of the world’s biggest brands in our previous careers and now we want to bring everything we’ve learned into creating our own brand, and giving our customers something really creative.
And we have to say that we are inspired by our couples too – they are always coming up with new ideas and ways to celebrate, every wedding is so different.
What’s our favourite product? Do we have to choose?! We love the fact that our Illustries really do reflect our individual customers, so it is difficult to pick a favourite style.
One of the things we both love doing is our ‘Life Map’ – it’s a kind of flow chart of a couple’s story, hand drawn and offset with funny notes. We include it as one element in our Avant Garde Illustry, but we also offer it as a separate, framed print and can create one for any couple – we even made one for Wills and Kate as an Anniversary gift!
They’re great to have on display at the wedding reception too, everyone crowds around and it gets your guests chatting.
We’re really excited to start the Autumn wedding fair season this year. We’ll be at Discover Vintage Wedding Fairs in Harrogate and Chiswick, the Alternative Wedding Fair in London, at the Wedding Event With a Difference in Derby, the UK Wedding Show in Manchester and we’re super excited to exhibit at the Designer Wedding Show in London.
We’ll also be launching some new products this Autumn. We’re keeping some as a surprise, but we have a great new Guest Book, packed with loads of fun elements and a really cute Table Plan too, guaranteed to get people talking!
We’ve just launched a special Ultimate Illustries package – your choice of Illustry, two mini versions (perfect for Mums or your handbag!) and a framed print of your choice from your Illustry all for £1050, a saving of more than £100.
And we’d be delighted to offer ruby+diva customers a further £25 off the package.
To see more examples of our Illustries, check out our website via the ruby+diva listing here. We have lots of pictures, page-turners and extracts from the stories to give you a flavour.
Or you can just give us a call on 0845 468 1610 and have a chat!”